From lightning striking New Zealand’s F50 to SailGP’s fan-owned team opening to investors, we round up our most read stories from January.
Damage review underway after New Zealand F50 struck by lightning in Singapore; injured athlete cleared
Our most read story in January was the news that New Zealand’s F50 had been struck by lightning shortly after racing ended in Singapore. Danish athlete Martin Kirketerp, who sustained a shock in the incident, was immediately evacuated for medical attention and a damage review of the F50 began soon after.
Russell Report: Major crew changes, the Kiwis’ ‘devastating’ pre-race collision and Singapore top picks revealed
Next up was SailGP CEO Russell Coutts’ preview on all the Singapore action, with exclusive insight from watching the teams’ training. Coutts discussed Singapore’s light air conditions and major crew changes throughout the fleet, as well as New Zealand’s pre-race collision with the United States.
New Zealand docked four event points: Peter Burling on ‘frustrating’ pre-event contact with the U.S.
In third was Peter Burling’s dissection of New Zealand’s pre-event collision with the United States in practice. The incident cost the team four event points and two season points, leaving them on the back foot ahead of the weekend.
Fleet reshuffled as New Zealand’s lightning-struck F50 deemed unable to compete in Sydney
With New Zealand’s lightning-struck F50 deemed unable to compete in Sydney and shipped home for repair, the league announced contingency plans to enable all teams to race at the KPMG Australia Sail Grand Prix later this month.
‘We’ll keep chipping away at Australia’s lead’ - Burling on the Kiwis’ Singapore win
Following New Zealand battling back from four points down to win the Singapore event, driver Peter Burling pledged to keep chipping away at Australia’s Championship lead ahead of the SailGP Season 3 Grand Final in San Francisco.
WATCH: 5 moments you might have missed from the Singapore Sail Grand Prix
Next up was our round up of five moments you might have missed from Singapore, including footage of New Zealand’s pre-event collision with the U.S. and Switzerland’s first ever event win on the second day of the Sail Grand Prix.
‘It’s unpredictable and chaotic’: Top three teams on first day of racing in Singapore’s light winds
Following the first day of racing in Singapore, the top three teams of Australia, Great Britain and Canada dissected the light wind conditions and challenges of the racecourse, with Great Britain strategist Hannah Mills describing the conditions as ‘chaotic’.
Open to investors: Here’s how to become a founding member of SailGP’s first ever fan-owned team
Finally, the news that SailGP’s first ever fan-owned team is now accepting investors the attention of SailGP fans. A total of 1,950 accredited investors purchasing between one and 40 equity tokens for $5,000 each will be accepted. The fan-owned team will represent Bermuda and the Caribbean and is aiming to enter the league in time to participate in Season 4.